Women's economic empowerment: How women contribute to and benefit from growth

Integrating women’s economic empowerment into the MDF approach

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Market Development Facility

This guidance note explains the background to and international thinking on Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) and then explains how the Market Development Facility (MDF) programme addresses WEE.

The note is structured as follows:

  • Part 1: How women can contribute to and benefit from growth – this reflects on the background to MDF’s position on WEE, how this ties into DFAT’s thinking on gender and how this approach has built on the experiences of other market development programmes and on emerging research.
  • Part 2: Defining women’s economic empowerment and the WEE framework – this provides a definition of WEE as it is currently understood and sets out the WEE Framework and explains how this will be incorporated into the MDF approach.
  • Part 3: Operational steps for integrating a diagnostic WEE framework into the MDF approach – part 3 sets out the steps for operationalising WEE and integrating WEE analysis, monitoring and management into the programme’s core life cycle approach.